Overview of the Program Fractal Time Software Documentation

There are twelve individual screens and each screen can display one graph. In each screen you must specify the target date that you are interested in and the timespan (the span of time that is displayed by the graph). Other values which affect the graphical display, such as the type of calendar, the zero date, etc., are normally set by default, though you may change them.

You can switch among these screens either by using the function keys (pressing function key n takes you to screen n) or by using the PgUp and PgDn keys to move through the screens sequentially. In each screen you can enter a target date, timespan, etc., and graph the wave for those values. The twelve screens are independent, but you can copy graphs between screens, and the first eleven screens can be saved and loaded as a set.

You can think of the timewave as a line like a graph with horizontal axis (time) and vertical axis (Novelty). This graph is defined only for times not later than a certain point called the zero point. The timewave has a value of zero at the zero point and is non-zero for all times preceding the zero point. All screens have the zero point set at December 21, 2012, by default, but you can change the date of the zero point if you wish.

The Novelty values on the y-axis increase from bottom to top, as is usual with Cartesian graphs. But Novelty is such that low values of Novelty are associated with high incidence of its "real world" counterpart in history and vice versa. Thus the "descent" of the wave from high values of Novelty in the past to low values in the present is claimed to be reflected in time and history by a low incidence of its phenomenal correlate in the past developing toward high incidence in the present (and future).

One ordinarily thinks of a graph as a continuous line, with a definite slope at each point, which represents a function of an independent variable (in this case historical time) and a dependent variable (in this case novelty). However the timewave is not such a line. The graph which is displayed on-screen is a fractal. Generally, if you take any region of this graph and expand it you will find that it has ups and downs; take any up, down or intermediate region and expand it further and you will find more ups and downs. In theory, no matter how small a portion of the wave you examine you will never find a part which is quite flat; there is always more detail within detail. This is generally true of fractals (such as the well-known Mandelbrot set).

The software allows you to examine any portion of the timewave by first specifying a date (anything between the zero date and about seven billion years prior to it) and then specifying how much of the wave, around that date, you wish to see (any period from 92 minutes to about seven billion years). Having drawn the graph for this period you can then print the wave values (to a disk file), generate the so-called higher and lower resonances (major and trigrammatic), display the next or previous sections of the wave, zoom in on the target date or draw back to get the bigger picture.